The summer vacation season is almost here, so now is the time …
The summer vacation season is almost here, so now is the time …
The Providence Journal held a contest that awarded a complete …
Fly Kite Canvas, the Big Break winners, recorded a professional…
The ninth annual Aquidneck Island Relay for Life, benefiting …
In 1957 The Kingston Trio took the music scene by storm and …
Updated: Monday, 22 Oct 2012, 11:03 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 22 Oct 2012, 11:03 AM EDT
Republican nominee for U.S. House District 1, Brendan Doherty, joined “The Rhode Show” Monday as part of our “Coffee with the Candidates” series.
About Brendan Doherty:
I was born on March 14, 1959 to Edward and Carol (Flynn) Doherty, both of whom were born and raised in Taunton, Massachusetts. My dad was a dentist and my mom a nurse and as a young couple they made the decision to open a dental practice in downtown Attleboro, MA where they eventually made their home with their first son –my brother Ed. Shortly after their move to Attleboro, I was born and four years later came their third son, Christopher.
We had a fairly traditional upbringing. My mom stayed home to care for us while my Dad worked long hours building his practice. My Dad was a big baseball fan and became an avid bridge player, eventually making it to the level of Life Master (in the Bridge world, a formidable feat). Our family would travel around New England on weekends in our old Dodge station wagon to accompany Dad on his way to regional Bridge tournaments and also to various ballparks and gyms to watch baseball and basketball (especially PC "Friars" basketball). One of my favorite memories was a trip to the 1971 World Series to watch the Baltimore Orioles take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. We piled into our station wagon and talked baseball stats and trivia all the way to Baltimore where I had the honor and thrill of meeting the great Roberto Clemente.
While I enjoyed baseball, I was passionate about basketball. My dad, a big John Wooden fan, bought me a poster with John Wooden's famous Pyramid of Success; this became my roadmap for achievement (and in an amazing stroke of luck I was able to meet Coach Wooden with my son Matt while attending the Big East tournament in 2002 and he autographed a Pyramid of Success for Matt which still hangs on his bedroom wall today). Emulating Wooden’s focus on the value and importance of hard work, competitiveness, poise, confidence, faith and integrity, I worked diligently to become the best basketball player I could. I became an overachieving competitor through sheer will and hard work. By the time I graduated from Bishop Feehan, a small Catholic high school in Attleboro, Massachusetts, I had laid the groundwork to become a leader on the court, eventually serving as the team Captain and the leading scorer in the history of the school.
As I was finishing high school, however, I was faced with a challenge that dwarfed anything that I could face on the court. My dad had become quite ill as a result of complications brought on by diabetes. He slowly lost his ability to stand, work, and support our family in the manner to which we had become accustomed. Our family went from "doing well" to "poor" in a matter of months. His patients slowly moved to other dentists and he eventually lost the practice that he worked so hard to build. My mom returned to work as a nurse, while at the same time caring for my failing dad. Though I had been accepted and awarded a partial scholarship to attend Bryant University, my hopes and childhood dream of playing college basketball were dashed when I came to the realization that I could not ask my parents to help me with any college costs as they were struggling just to afford the basic necessities of life. I made the choice to attend Rhode Island College and financed my education myself by working odd jobs. I worked as a security guard at what was then the Providence Civic Center (now "The Dunk") and began boxing at a small gym in Central Falls.
While boxing at the gym, I would occasionally notice a Rhode Island State Police Trooper watching the fights. I was impressed by this young trooper’s demeanor, presence, and clear sense of pride in the uniform. I was inspired enough that, midway through my sophomore year of college, I decided to try for the honor of becoming a Rhode Island State Police Officer when I learned that they were accepting applications. I called upon all my years of dedication, hard work, and perseverance to meet the challenge posed by the entrance and training, and at 21years old I proudly joined the ranks of the Rhode Island State Police. I later returned to school at Roger Williams University and received a degree in Administration of Justice and further went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
On September 10, 1983, at 24 years old, I married my high school sweetheart, Michele Lapierre. Michele is the seventh of nine children born to Loretta (MacDougald) and Armand Lapierre. Like my parents, Michele's parents were very hard working small business owners who experienced good times, yet also lived through some years of financial hardship. Michele had just graduated in June of the prior year from Bentley College in Waltham, MA with a degree in Accounting. We bought a small house on Modena Avenue in Providence and became very proud homeowners.
Our only regret is that my dad was unable to share our happiest day and those to follow, as he had passed
away after a long, exhausting battle two months before we were married. He would have been honored to see how happy we were, and he would have been so proud of our two children – Matthew, born in 1987, and Shelby, born in 1989.
In 1985, Michele and I moved to and embraced our new community of Cumberland, RI where we continue to live today. As parents we have been focused on raising principled, healthy, happy children. We have lived comfortably but modestly. Our focus has been on setting a good example for our children and always doing the right thing, however difficult that choice may be. I am proud at how my children have adopted the same values. Matthew is now 25 and lives and works in New York City; Shelby is 22 and just completed her degree in Communications at Roger Williams University. They have made us very proud parents.
I am extremely proud to have had the honor of working for the Rhode Island State Police and helping protect Rhode Islanders. Some of the most important work I performed was while I was working as a detective in the Organized Crime and the Public Corruption units. I worked tirelessly to hold accountable individuals who stole from their companies, clients, families, and Rhode Island taxpayers. I fought organized crime in its heyday and helped dismantle the Rhode Island mob; an organization that has left Rhode Island with an unfortunate reputation.
Public service has always been important to me. I have spent my entire career working to keep Rhode Islanders safe, but being a police officer was only one part of that. When I served Rhode Island as the Superintendent of the RI State Police, I founded a community outreach program that focused on working to make a difference in the lives of children from inner city neighborhoods. I have also coached youth sports and helped organize numerous initiatives to help young Rhode Islanders achieve their potential. When former Governor Donald Carcieri asked me to serve on the Board of Directors of the Beacon Mutual Insurance Company, I agreed and helped turn that company around through the strong, no-nonsense leadership that I learned from the State Police.
In my work as a public servant, I have faced adversity, conflict, and danger, but as a result I have emerged a stronger and more determined leader. I saw first-hand the struggles of every day working people; some faced with difficulties and obstacles unimaginable to others. Over the course of my career I have arrested murderers, extortionists, drug dealers, child pornography dealers, identity thieves, corrupt public officials and other persons dangerous to society. Yet, despite seeing this dark side of human nature, I still firmly believe in the basic goodness of people and the amazing potential of this beautiful state and our great nation. On this amazing journey that I have traveled, I have witnessed the faith, perseverance, and hard work of many, many struggling families. To me this epitomizes the spirit of Rhode Island – HOPE.
I believe in the kind of American exceptionalism envisioned by our great leaders like Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan. I believe in practicing what you preach, leading by example, and being respectful of the differing points of view that is fundamental to our great nation. I believe people, especially leaders, should be held accountable for their actions and/or inactions. I believe that people helping people, while a simple concept, is the ultimate driver of a successful society. I have spent my entire career helping and protecting people and I want to continue to serve by bringing my leadership skills to Washington. I want to be a citizen representative whose first and only commitment is to represent one group - the citizens of Rhode Island.
I am Brendan Doherty and I humbly ask you to support my candidacy for the United States Congress in RI's 1st district so together we can help put America and Rhode Island on the path to greatness and prosperity. We are after all, exceptional.